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The Semiconductor Industry Needs an IP Switzerland

It’s official: The great IP land grab has begun.

The process actually has been taking place gradually, but has accelerated with Imagination Technologies’ acquisition of MIPS last year and, most recently, Cadence’s acquisition of Tensilica. For makers of semiconductors, four competing IP behemoths are emerging after years of fragmentation within the semiconductor IP industry.

Topics: semiconductor industry IP protocols semiconductor IP Synopsys intellectual property ARM MIPS Cadence Imagination semiconductor industry economics

IP Transaction Protocols: Plug and Play AMBA, OCP and others

As engineers, we view transaction protocols as simply a language to be able to communicate information from one block of system-on-chip (SoC) IP to another block. However, if you look at transaction protocols from an economics framework you see there’s much more to it. With the past interconnect fabrics dominated by crossbars and hierarchal busses, the choice of the IP transaction protocol created a humongous switching cost.

Topics: NoC AMBA AHB AXI OCP protocol transaction protocols IP protocols interconnect fabric

AMBA AXI and OCP: Behind the Standards

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As engineers, we view transaction protocols as simply a language to be able to communicate information from one block of system-on-chip (SoC) IP to another block. However, if you look at transaction protocols from an economics framework you see there’s much more to it. With the past interconnect fabrics dominated by crossbars and hierarchal busses, the choice of the IP transaction protocol created a humongous switching cost.
Topics: SoC AMBA AXI OCP transaction protocols IP protocols switching costs